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5:25 PM ET, April 27, 2012

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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
WHAT ‘GUTSY CALL’?:  CIA MEMO REVEALS ADMIRAL CONTROLLED BIN LADEN MISSION  —  Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama's team to greenlight the bin Laden mission.  Here's the text, which summarized the situation:
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FLASHBACK: Obama Campaign Accused Clinton Of Using Bin Laden To ‘Score Political Points’ In 2008  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  The Obama campaign opened up a new line of attack on Mitt Romney Friday, suggesting that as commander-in-chief Romney might not have made the same decision …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama Web ad says Romney wouldn't have ordered bin Laden raid  —  President Obama's campaign is using Bill Clinton to argue Mitt Romney would not have launched the raid to capture Osama bin Laden last year.  —  The argument is being made to coincide with the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's death.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Cool Kids Versus Squares, Continued  —  Yesterday, I wrote a post looking at an ad aired by GOP uber-super-PAC American Crossroads that went after Barack Obama for being a “celebrity” and doing things like going on Jimmy Fallon's television show.  I argued that it looked like once again …
Dylan Byersand Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama talks bin Laden in rare sit room interview  —  Brian Williams of NBC News held a rare interview with President Barack Obama about the killing of Osama bin Laden in the White House Situation Room yesterday.  —  The interview, which will air on Rock Center with Brian Williams on May 2 …
Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: The President Has a List  —  Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign.  —  Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney.  You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.
Fox News:
Issa, Chaffetz confirm contempt plans for Holder over Fast and Furious  —  House GOP leaders said Friday they are pursuing a plan to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Justice Department in contempt for “stonewalling” them over information regarding the administration's failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking program.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Campaign 2012
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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Republicans prepare contempt citation against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Secret Service probing foreign hard-partying allegations going back to 2000  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - The Secret Service sex scandal is getting wider.  —  The dispute over payment to a prostitute in Cartagena, Colombia, by a Secret Service agent has triggered new charges of hard partying and impropriety by agents around the globe.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   More Secret Service sexcapades coming to light
Tim Mak / Politico:
Kids at work at State scandal briefing
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Elizabeth Warren Isn't the Only One  —  Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren finds herself in a bit of a quandary.  In the mid-90s there was a minor kerfuffle over the lack of diversity on Harvard Law's teaching staff.  At the time, 54 of Harvard Law's 71 professors were white males.
Discussion: Boston Herald and Campaign 2012
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Tax returns show Brown, Warren both earned more than most voters
Discussion: CNN
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Arizona Is (Probably) Not a Swing State  —  Two polls released this week show the presidential race essentially tied in Arizona, with one giving Barack Obama a lead of two percentage points and the other giving Mitt Romney a lead of two percentage points.  The Obama campaign has suggested …
CNN:
Martin attorney: Put Zimmerman in jail  —  (CNN) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of wrongly killing Trayvon Martin, will not immediately have to turn over donations made to his website, a Florida judge said Friday.  —  Zimmerman collected about $204,000 …
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
At 92, Bandit to Hollywood but Hero to Soldiers  —  MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — One of the world's most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs loves his morning farina.  He has spent eight years churning out hundreds of thousands of copies of “The Hangover,” “Gran Torino” and other first-run movies …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Why Jeb Bush doesn't want veep  —  He's the GOP vice presidential pick that Democrats fear most — a brassy choice who would likely deliver his crucial home state, boost the ticket with Hispanics and Catholics and appeal to both conservatives and independents.  —  The problem: Jeb Bush apparently doesn't want the job.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GOP 12
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Mourdock For Indiana  —  I join commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock to be the next Senator from Indiana.  Conservatives of all stripes are uniting behind Richard Mourdock.  It's not just Indiana that benefits from sending the right Senator to serve for the right reasons …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Death of a Fairy Tale  —  This was the month the confidence fairy died.  —  For the past two years most policy makers in Europe and many politicians and pundits in America have been in thrall to a destructive economic doctrine.  According to this doctrine, governments should respond …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Advice To Students: Borrow Money From Your Parents  —  If you're young and you want to start your own business, Mitt Romney's has some advice from you: Borrow money from your parents.  At a “lecture” for students at Otterbein University in Ohio today, Mitt Romney told students that …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth urges Republicans in House to vote against student-loan bill  —  The well-funded, fiscally conservative Club for Growth has urged House Republicans to vote against legislation that would extended lower interest rates on federal student loans, a move that could complicate Speaker John Boehner's …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
CNN:
Former Edwards aide says he was intimidated by donors  —  Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) — A former campaign aide for John Edwards said in court Friday that he had been intimidated in his dealings with the former senator and two high-priced donors.  —  “I was scared for my life,” …
Discussion: Guardian and Clayton Cramer's Blog
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2012 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Tucker Carlson's downward spiral  —  Once a promising young magazine writer, the bow-tied Daily Caller pundit has come to epitomize right-wing hackdom … In many ways Tucker Carlson's a better symbol of the pathetic state of what passes for conservative journalism than even Glenn Beck …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Eschaton
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Dutch court upholds ban on foreign tourists buying pot  —  AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court on Friday upheld a new law that will prevent foreign visitors from buying marijuana in coffee shops across the Netherlands, potentially ending the decades of “pot tourism” for which this city and others became universally known.
Discussion: The BLT and Macleans.ca
Nigel Davies / Reuters:
Spanish economy in “huge crisis” after credit downgrade  —  (Reuters) - Spain's sickly economy faces a “crisis of huge proportions”, a minister said on Friday, as unemployment hit its highest level in two decades and Standard and Poor's weighed in with a two-notch downgrade of the government's debt.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Bill Ong Hing / The Huffington Post:
Like It or Not, Arizona's SB 1070 As About Racial Profiling  —  In the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070, Department of Justice lawyers avoided arguing that any of the law's provisions, including the requirement that state police check the documents …
Discussion: Colorlines and Runnin' Scared
David Brooks / New York Times:
Is Our Adults Learning?  —  In 2009, we had a big debate about whether to pass a stimulus package.  Many esteemed and/or Nobel Prize-winning economists like Joseph Stiglitz, Larry Summers and Christina Romer argued that it would help lift the economy out of recession.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
MEMO: An Incumbent With No Rationale For Candidacy  —  Location  —  MEMORANDUM  —  To: Interested Parties  —  Elections are about choices.  —  This past week previewed the stark contrast facing voters in this election.  Governor Romney's speech Tuesday night …
Discussion: The New Republic and GOP 12
 
 
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